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Web Animation Watch: Goombageddon, Golden Hour, Homies and More

Welcome to the new look, bigger than ever Web Animation Watch! Web Animation Watch brings you the best in online animation: independent shorts, student films, commissioned films, music videos and more!

If you have created something you would like to see featured here, or if you're just a fan who has found something cool- drop us a line. 

Check out the full Web Animation Watch archive.




The team at Channel 4's Mashed can always be relied upon for quality stuff, so what better way to kick off 'Web Animation Watch 2.0'?  This is a killer concept: looking at the events of the Super Mario games from the perspective of the hapless cannon founder that are the Goombas. You might think twice next time you're about to stomp on one of their heads. ... Mama Mia! Animated by EpicFaceFist

Golden Hour

The 2021 slate of graduate films from the renowned animation school Gobelins is currently being released, with new shorts arriving weekly. This beautiful piece of work in initially unusual in that it's made in English, with optional French subtitles. The second thing you'll notice is the animation style, which recalls Japanese institution Shin Chan and the work of Masaaki Yuasa. Its lively, spiky art style and animation is full of personality, making up in punk-spirit what it lacks in more fluid animation. The story follows a put-upon young assistant on the set of a Hollywood movie shoot. Directed by Sophie Li, Yan Li, Gabriel Regnier, Quentin Rigaux, Adel Sabi, and Jeremy Ye.


 Fly Away

A love-struck singleton attempts to attract the attention of a beautiful stranger in this charming little film from animator Matt Smith. His constantly foiled attempts give this a real Looney Tunes/ Roadrunner and Wile E Coyote vibe. The short was funded by the BBC as part of the Two Minute Masterpiece program.


A young girl is taken on a magical journey by a mysterious spirit in this graduation film from Vancouver Film School student Thao Ngan. It's impossible not to get some pretty major Studio Ghibli vibes here, at times recalling Spirited Away, Howl's Moving Castle, Kiki's Delivery Service among others, but Ngan adds something of her own too. It's pretty hard to believe this her first film ever, this is an incredibly accomplished debut. We expect even greater things to come.

Levitating | Dua Lipa

British pop-songstress Dua Lipa's new track Levitating has been given the animated music video treatment. The video features an animated version of the star herself, depicted in an animation style that pays tribute to old-school magical-girl anime, most obviously Sailor Moon. It's been recreated with remarkable fidelity, complete with magical transformation style. Even the aspect ratio and -VHS-style filter effect help add to the feeling this could almost be a real lost anime from the 90s, thanks to hiring genuine anime studio NOSTALOOK from Tokyo.

WAW Classic:  Ta-Daa

Web Animation Watch classics delves through the archive to revisit some of our favourites from the 100s of featured films.

WHAT WE SAID: This bizarre little gem from Australian team Safety Hammer follows the antics of an (incredibly drunk) magician's assistant. The short's off-the-wall sense of humour is a result of the fact that it is based on improvised dialogue from some incredibly funny people. For added fun, it even starts with an unrelated fake YouTube ad. (Contains some strong language and adult humour).